Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

“Poipoia te kakano Kia puawai ”
Nurture the seed and it will blossom

I hope all Mothers had a lovely Mother’s day. I certainly did as I had a surprise visit from my Son who lives in Australia. We had not seen him in person since Christmas of 2019.  Parent Teacher interviews were well attended and seemed to run smoothly.

SMCS Swimming Sports on Friday 7 May at Sacred Heart

What a tremendous event. Thank you to everyone who helped make this day go well. A big thank you to Charlotte for organising this event.

Next Friday is Pink Shirt Day – 21 May 2021

Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying! In Aotearoa, Pink Shirt Day works to create schools, workplaces, communities and whānau where everyone feels safe, valued and respected. We would encourage all students to wear pink mufti.

Parish/School Mass and Reflective Area Blessing and Lunch – Sunday 30 May 

This will be our first gathering with the Parish this year and we would like all families to attend. Students are to wear their school uniform and meet in the Parish Centre at 9:40am and the Choir will go straight to the Church. Mass is at 10am; Blessing of the Reflective Area 11:15am; Parish / School Social Gathering and light lunch at 11:30am in the Hall.

The Parish are organising the food so for catering purposes can you please email Genevieve [email protected] your name and number of adults and children who will be attending the luncheon by Thursday 20 May.

Traffic Plan

We are receiving complaints from our neighbours with regards to our behaviour when dropping off and picking up. In some cases cars are blocking neighbours driveways and preventing those families from taking their own children to school. The Health and Safety Committee (sub-committee of the Board) is revising the Traffic Plan for our school. We will be seeking your input as part of a Community Consultation meeting later this term.

Playground Supervision after School

Please ensure to watch your children when they are playing on the playground as we have had a number of accidents.

Evacuation Drill

We had a very successful Fire Drill last week.

Religious Education learning at school

This week, classes are learning about the Feast of the Ascension as part of the Church’s Liturgical Year.

Attendance Dues

All  Invoices/Statements have now been emailed out for Term 2. Please ensure that Attendance Dues for Term 1 have been paid. Attendance Dues are a compulsory fee which are legally required to be paid.

SMCS Policies – This Term we are reviewing Reporting to Parents

  1. Go to www.schooldocs.co.nz 
  2. Click Search for your school.
  3. Start typing the school name and then select from the dropdown list.
  4. Enter the community username and password:

Username: smcs
Password: mackillop

Instructions for reviewers

  1. Read the Reporting to Parents Policy.
  2. Click the red Policy Review icon at the right-hand top corner of the page. A new screen will appear.
  3. Select your role (board member, staff member, or parent/caregiver) from the drop-down list.
  4. Enter your name (optional).
  5. Submit your ratings and comment

Encountering CHRIST

St Michael’s Parish Website – Sunday Mass Times (including the vigil): Saturdays 5pm; Sundays 8am, 10am, and 8:30pm

School Masses – 20/05/21 – Rooms 2 & 8; 27/05/21 – Rooms 5 & 6;  Sunday 30/05/21 – Parish/School Mass at 10am; 03/06/21 – Rooms 4 & 7; 10/06/21 – Rooms 3 & 10; 17/06/21 – Rooms 2 & 8; 24/06/21 – Rooms 1 & 9; 01/07/21 – Rooms 5 & 6; 08/07/21 – Rooms 3 & 10.

An Ascension Day Prayer

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, right before your Ascension into heaven you told your apostles to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth upon receiving the Holy Spirit. May I be similarly inspired to spread your Gospel message in word and deed, according to your will for me. And may I do so prudently and joyfully, with your help, your guidance, and your grace! And remembering this glorious event, help me to seek what is above, Heaven, where you are seated at the right hand of God the Father!  (https://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/)

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown

PTA News

Important dates Term 2

  • 19th May – Swimming Sports Assembly
  • 28th May – School disco
  • Sunday 30 May – School Mass and Blessing of the new Reflective area. Followed by Social event with the Parish.

School Uniform Shop

The next date for the  School uniform Shop will be this Friday -14th May. Payment may be made by cash or online payment. Sorry no EFTpos available. We are still quite short of stock for girls’ uniforms, especially larger sizes.

Also if you have any spare hangers they will be very welcome for use in the shop. To donate uniforms or hangers please put them in a bag and drop to Genevieve at the office.

Scholastic books

ORDERS CLOSE THIS FRIDAY 14TH MAYPlease submit your orders by then to be sure of receiving your books this term. Thanks!

School Disco – 28th May

The School Disco has been planned for Friday 28th May and we look forward to seeing you all there! The theme is in line with one of the school’s focuses for this year.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) so start thinking about your dressup!!

Refreshments will be available to buy and as in previous years we will be operating a token system for payment on the night for the various activities on offer.

Entry tickets $5 one child or $10 per family.

Tokens are in $1 increments and we encourage you to pre-ordered tickets and tokens online.
Account details: St Michael’s School PTA 12-3075-0199134-00
Reference: Surname Particulars: Number of children attending Code: Disco

Thanks to those who have already put their name forward to help, we still please need more volunteers to help to make this event a success. Many hands make light work!!

We would also still love to hear from you if you, either as a family or a business that you are involved with would like to sponsor any activity for the event.

Please contact us either on [email protected] or [email protected]

School Mass and Blessing of the new Reflective area

The Blessing of the Reflective area and joint Parish/School social event will be taking place after the 10am mass on 30th May. This will be a relaxed community social event.

Everybody is welcome to attend and there will be a brunch served after the mass and blessing. The Parish are providing 7 people to help on the day and have asked if we as a school community could do the same.

We need three people to greet and usher people to the Reflective area after Mass and a further 4 people to help with food service and clean up after the event.

Please could you email us on [email protected] if you would be keen to volunteer. Thank you!

The Caring shed and food donations

Monte Cecilia really appreciates our donations BUT please, please, please can we ask that only good quality items are put into the Caring shed. And also NO ELECTRICAL ITEMS PLEASE!

Again, this week, Louise and Marama have had to throw away quite a few broken and soiled items that would not have been taken by Monte Cecilia. Please only use the shed for good quality items that still have some use in them.

Thank you to those who have been donating to the food basket in the foyer outside the office, these donations will go into the Parish foodbank for distribution. The Students have been taking these donations at the offertory during Class masses.

PTA meeting

To be confirmed.

Ree and Sarah


Baradene Art Show

The Baradene Art Show is being held on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 May between 10am-4pm. Entry is free and we have some wonderful art, a lovely gift shop, a raffle as well as a cafe. You can find us at 237 Victoria Avenue, Remuera and we’d love to see you there! Meantime enjoy the art which is for sale by visiting BaradeneArtShow.co.nz 

Bricks 4 Kidz Term 2 Flyer